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The Positive Pianist

How Flow Can Bring Passion to Practice and Performance

Thomas J. Parente

19 March 2015

ISBN: 9780199316601

152 pages

Price: £21.49



In The Positive Pianist: How Flow Can Bring Passion to Practice and Performance, author Thomas J. Parente applies the concept of flow to piano playing in order to demonstrate how student musicians can experience enjoyment and confidence from succeeding at something that challenges them to an engaging level.

  • Introduces Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's concept of flow to piano playing
  • Uses psychological theory to improve music performance and practice
  • Includes companion website with 45 videos

About the Author(s)

Thomas J. Parente, Associate Professor, Westminster Choir College

Dr. Thomas J. Parente is an Associate Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and maintains an active studio of private piano students. A frequent clinician, he has presented workshops, courses, and clinics both nationally and internationally.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Loving What You Do, Doing What You Love
    Chapter 2. Flow Experience
    Chapter 3. Building Skills
    Chapter 4. Combining Flow and Skills
    Chapter 5. Learning a Simple Piece
    Chapter 6. Learning a More Complex Piece
    Chapter 7. Developing the Confidence to Perform
    Chapter 8. Teaching to Flow


"This is a well-written, thoughtful treatise on a vital part of our profession, and the language Parente employs befits the intelligence and integrity of the author and his targeted audience. I recommend it for all piano majors." - Tony Caramia, Professor of Piano, Eastman School of Music

"Thomas Parente's focus on research-based learning and positive flow makes The Positive Pianist a unique and welcome addition to the field of piano pedagogy." - Scott McBride Smith, Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, School of Music, University of Kansas